Creative Writing undergraduate students learn their craft from faculty recognized for both their writing and their teaching. The course of study blends critical writing, creative writing, professional experience and publishing.
Students in Lesley’s Creative Writing undergraduate major have the opportunity to focus on one of five genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Script and Screenplay, and Writing for Children and Young Adults.
The average class size in the undergraduate Creative Writing degree program is 16-20 students, fostering engaged and active creative dialogue and learning. Faculty members guide students through the process of providing and receiving constructive criticism so that each participant can produce their strongest and most honest work.
Additionally, Lesley’s low-residency MFA Creative Writing program is ranked sixth in the country by Poets & Writers, and there is an option for students to apply for an accelerated BA/MFA degree linked to that program.
Lesley's location in Cambridge, Massachusetts, provides an ideal environment for Creative Writing majors to cultivate their careers. Students often participate in poetry slams or attend readings from prominent authors in the Boston metro area, and often join faculty in attending productions by the American Repertory Theater. Boston's status as a major media market has also resulted in Creative Writing undergraduates gaining internship placements in publications such as The Harvard Review, Teen Voices and Performer Magazine.
This workshop-based course introduces students to the art and craft of writing for children and young adults. By studying the elements that underlie children’s and teen literature, students will gain a fuller understanding of what it means to write for these age groups. Students will balance readings that focus on universal themes, common approaches and the essentials of writing, with two research papers in the form of craft annotations, and the preparation of a manuscript, consisting of either two picture books, two short stories or an excerpt from a middle grade or young adult novel.
Sam Trevino's poetry was honored at the 2012 Greater Boston Intercollegiate Poetry Festival. Click here to read his poem "Variation on 'The Honeymooners.'"
Sam is a Creative Writing student (BA 2013). He is interning this semester at DigBoston, the city's alternative weekly paper. In that role he is writing articles, reviewing music albums and concerts, and creating humor pieces which are published either online or in the publication's print edition. Through this work he is learning the ins and outs of journalism and small press publishing.
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